Black Shark 2 was launched earlier this year, and unexpectedly Black Shark 2 Pro has recently been unveiled with few upgrades over its predecessor. That’s not to say these minor upgrades were unnecessary. In fact, it shows that gaming smartphones are here to stay. Look at the recently launched Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC and MediaTek’s Helio G90 and Helio G 90T.
These are all gaming-focused chipsets intended for manufacturers with intentions to venture into the mobile gaming industry –which as per now is big and still shows great potential. Black Shark 2 Pro takes on ASUS ROG Phone 2 launched at the end of July. Xiaomi has also stated they are launching a gaming smartphone running MediaTek’s Helio G90 T, soon.
To stay relevant on the market with its immediate competitor ASUS ROG Phone 2, Black Shark 2 Pro features the latest Snapdragon 855 Plus with UFS 3.0 storage. Straight out of the box, the back of the device features a solid-looking device with a gaming theme and two RGB lights. The device is available in either Black, Silver, Blue, Orange and Purple colours.
Also, you get a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution. In matters performance, Black Shark states that the touch latency has been reduced from 43.2ms in Black Shark 2 to just 34.7ms.
With reduced latency, gaming experience should be improved and more so thanks to the fast UFS 3.0 storage type which sets it apart from the predecessor. Coupled with the latest cooling technology, liquid cooling 3.0, you get a liquid cooling plate together with a tube for thermal regulation while gaming.
Black Shark 2 Pro also features 12GB of RAM paired with either 128GB or 256 GB of internal storage, Dual 48MP + 12MP rear camera setup, 20MP (f/2.0) selfie camera, in-display fingerprint reader and Android 9.0 Pie.
A 4000mAh battery powers this device which should take much less of your time while recharging since it supports 27W fast charging technology.
As usual, Xiaomi’s Black Shark doesn’t launch in Kenya, but you can still opt for your online retailer that can ship it to the country. You get the base 12GB/128GB memory variant at CNY 2,999 ($435, approx. Ksh 44,000) while the 256GB model starts at CNY 3,499 ($510, approx. Ksh 51,000).